Chistochina River Fire Considered 75% Contained

The Chistochina River Fire was estimated to be 75 percent contained today as crews continue to work on putting in saw line and hoselays around the 98-acre fire near mile 36.5 mile of the Tok Cutoff. Fire officials expect to have the fire fully contained within the next day. The area received light precipitation yesterday, […]

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Firefighters continue to put in containment line around the Chistochina River Fire (#381) burning near 36.5 Tok Cutoff. Photo by Zack Horner//Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters work on Chistochina River Fire containment line

Activity was relatively quiet on the Chistochina River Fire (#381) today as firefighters continue to work on getting a containment line around the entire 98-acre fire burning near mile 36.5 Tok Cutoff. There are a total of 44 people working on the fire. Three Type 2 crews – the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanook Fire Crew […]

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Firefighters, scoopers continue work on Chistochina Fire

Firefighters and water-scoopers jumped into action Saturday morning to catch spot fires from the Chistochina River Fire (#381). On Friday, firefighters on the ground and the four water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes stopped the fire 75-100 yards from nearby homes and the highway. Today, Fire Boss aircraft dropped water from the air while firefighters used hose […]

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Firefighters working on fire near Chistochina

Efforts are underway on the ground and in the air to contain a fire burning off of mile 36.5 Tok Cutoff near Chistochina. The Chistochina River Fire (#381) was reported by someone in the area at about 3 p.m. It was reported to be one acre and burning about an eighth of a mile from […]

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This Alaska Interagency Coordination Center map shows the locations of fires burning in the northern Interior of Alaska on July 30, 2017.

Smokejumpers, water-scooping aircraft successfully contain fire north of Fort Yukon

Smokejumpers are mopping up the Shovun Lake Fire (#371) a day after they and four Fire Boss airplanes were able to contain the new fire burning north of Fort Yukon Saturday. The eight smokejumpers and four water-scooping airplanes were sent to the fire soon after it was discovered by BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel aboard […]

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This Alaska Interagency Coordination Center map shows the Shovun Lake Fire in relation to Fort Yukon.

Smokejumpers, aircraft work on new fire north of Fort Yukon

Eight smokejumpers and five aircraft were busy Saturday night trying to suppress a new fire burning about 10 miles northwest of Fort Yukon. The Shovun Lake Fire (#371) was spotted shortly after 3 p.m. today by BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel flying a detection flight in the area. It was originally reported as one acre […]

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Map of the Nowitna Fire (#336) burning in the Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge. // Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

Smokejumpers continue to protect cabin from Nowitna Fire

Eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers continue to work on protecting a cabin from the 57,781-acre Nowitna Fire (#336) – the only one of 55 active fires statewide that is staffed. The area received enough rain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to stymie the fire’s growth through a mixture of black and white spruce, grass and […]

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This map shows the Fine Fuel Moisture Code (FFMC), the level found in fine fuels such as grass, for Alaska on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center's MesoWest application shows the Yukon Flats as the driest part of the state. The flames show where there are active fires.

Number of staffed fires continues to dwindle

Northern Alaska continues to be the last holdout for the fire season in Alaska. While widespread rain is forecasted throughout the western third of the state in the next few days, a donut hole of dry conditions will continue in the Yukon Flats area. The area ranges from Bettles to Fort Yukon. Efforts were underway today […]

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Smoke from wildfires in western Interior blows into Fairbanks and areas north

No new fires were reported in the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) protection area on Sunday but two fires burning in the western Interior between Kaltag and Tanana remained active. Smoke from those fires is being blown into Fairbanks and areas north of Fairbanks, a scenario that is likely to continue for the next […]

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Alaska’s stubborn wildfire season persists with new fires, smoky conditions

Wildfire season refuses to wave the white flag in Alaska, as two new fires were reported in BLM Alaska Fire Service’s protection area on Saturday, one of which required a response from personnel based in Galena. In addition, a pair of wildfires burning in the western Interior continue to be active and heavy smoke from […]

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